How to write the perfect CV (or perhaps not)
November 27, 2010
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As I am soon to be joining the unemployment line, there have been things to sort out, one of which is an up to date version of my CV. I have always been pretty good at keeping it up to date and it has so far served me very well in terms of getting me shortlisted for interviews. However, it seems that in the current economic climate it may need some tweaking.
My mind then sent me on a trip down memory lane to a time when I was asked to help looking through a number of CV’s for a position my employer at the time wanted to fill. I have zero recruitment or HR experience, which from a recruitment point of view isn’t necessarily a bad thing, but that aside, as I was going through the pile of CV’s I landed upon one that caused me to shower my computer with a mouthful of coffee in a fit of laughter. The CV itself would have made most people throw it straight in the bin and yet, I wanted to shortlist the guy for an interview purely to see who had written it and to find out more.
My memory of the CV is as follows:
I am an individual of extremely hardworking capabilities and countless experience. (Or words to that effect)
2000 – 2001: Employed
2001 – 2002: Self Employed
Available for interviews at any time – please call.
As I mentioned, I really wanted to get this guy in for an interview because a) it made me laugh, b) because I am pretty confident he wasn’t bullshitting and c) it made me curious..
He may have been a complete waste of time, but on the other hand who knows?
Unfortunately, I didn’t win that argument and I will never know what this guy was all about. He obviously didn’t spend a lot of time on his CV but to me, the curiosity it ignited in me justified (at least in my mind) spending at least a few minutes learning more about this simplistic way of CV writing.